Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Secretary of State's Office scheduled recount Friday for Rockingham District 37 outcome.
- Dan Tuohy
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
One-hundred thirty-six. That's the number of votes separating winner and loser in the race for the Rockingham District 37 seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. And Sharleene Hurst, a Republican from Hampton, is hoping a recount shifts the tally in the new district representing Hampton, Hampton Falls and Seabrook. Elaine Ahearn, a Democrat from Hampton Falls, won the seat, based on the Secretary of State's official election results. She won 6,751 to 6,615. The town-by-town results: Secretary of State William Gardner has scheduled the recount for Friday, Nov. 16, starting at 9 a.m. in the state Archives building. The New Hampshire recount schedule is attached here as a PDF document. There is another Seacoast recount on the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The political pendulum swings back, sweeping some Republicans from office. Now what?
Blue Wave? Battleground state? Did Republicans in New Hampshire get the license plate of that truck that hit them? Local results are still being tabulated by the Secretary of State's office for certification, and the recount deadline looms Friday. But let the prognostication commence after the General Election pleased/disappointed a split electorate. Some takeaways: Who's ready for 2016? Who do you think were the winners and losers in the 2012 Election? Comment below.
Race was a rematch from 2010 when Frank Guinta took seat from Carol Shea-Porter.
Update, 3 a.m.: U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta conceded the race with Carol Shea-Porter after the final numbers for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District came in: “I would like to congratulate President Obama, Governor-elect Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman-elect Anne McLane Kuster and Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter on their victories. “What’s important in these races is the future of New Hampshire. I am committed to continuing my support of our constituents and a collaborative vision for a stronger America. I called Carol Shea-Porter early this morning. We had a great conversation as I pledged to her my commitment to transition the congressional office with integrity and respect.” Update, 2:30 a.m.: Carol Shea-Porter took the stage for …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Exeter Democrat defeats Manchester Republican Ovide Lamontagne.
Democrat Maggie Hassan has defeated Republican Ovide Lamontagne to become New Hampshire's 81st governor, according to the Associated Press, which called the race at 8:55 p.m. on Nov. 6. Hassan succeeds four-term Democrat John Lynch, who decided not to run for a fifth two-year term. "Thank you to the people of New Hampshire for the trust you have placed in me," Hassan said during her victory speech in Manchester. "I will not let you down." Hassan thanked Republican challenger Ovide Lamontage for his public service and said she will work with both sides of the Legislature to get things done. "The challenges our state faces must be met with the best solutions and ideas we can muster," she said. "Good ideas and good people reside on both sides…
GOP presidential hopeful, with special guest, 'rocks' the vote in New Hampshire.
MANCHESTER – Kid Rock got the party started, but the well-known 'Rebel Soul' singer was but an appetizer to the main dish of the evening. And when Mitt Romney took the stage, that's exactly what he did. He dished out anecdote after anecdote and zinger after zinger, all directed at Barack Obama and all in an effort to paint one final, lasting portrait in the minds of New Hampshire voters. "Do you want real change?" Romney asked a capacity crowd at Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena. "Now, President Obama promised change, but he couldn't deliver it. I not only promised change, I have a record of achieving it." Romney, while toting his record of various business and political successes, hammered away at what he labeled the president's …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The candidates, the issues, and where and when to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election.
There are many decisions for you to make in the General Election on Nov. 6. To help guide you, here is a Patch primer on local voting issues and candidates. Hampton – Marston School, polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. There is a free shuttle service to help individuals get to the polls, as well as reduce issues at the polls. North Hampton – North Hampton School between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Information on the new Voter ID law. (Click on the candidate's name for their bio/profile) President NH Governor U.S. 1st Congressional District (vote for one) State Senate District 24 (vote for one) State House of Representatives District 21 (vote for four — Hampton voters only) State House of Representatives District 22 (vote for one - North …
Thousands brave near-freezing temperatures, line up around Verizon Wireless Arena to rally for Mitt on eve of election.
MANCHESTER – Stuart Bentall was hoping for change when Barack Obama was elected president four years ago. "People were fed up. People in the state of New Hampshire wanted change. I was one of the people who wanted change," he said. "I think you get to a breaking point where you want to believe. I think a lot of people got sucked into believing." But Bentall – a Brookline resident who waited in a line that was double-wrapped around Manchester's Verizon Wireless Arena – said he has experienced nothing but disappointment the last four years, and he believes when the votes are tabulated Tuesday night, the result will reflect that the majority of New Hampshire and the country has experienced a similar letdown. "This country needs jobs. We need …
One of House Speaker Bill O'Brien's priorities goes to voters. But can it win 2/3 support?
The income tax, the third rail of politics in New Hampshire, is melted into the Election Day narrative. The first question on the ballot Tuesday asks voters if they favor amending the Constitution to ban a state income tax. Voter approval must be by a two-thirds margin, a high threshold in any election, let alone a cliffhanger of a presidential election year like this one. Supporters and critics have slowly sounded off on the subject. Kevin Smith, after losing the Republican gubernatorial primary, continued to campaign in favor of the proposed income tax ban, what he calls "enshrining" the state's tax advantage into the Constitution. Others, like the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, have argued against it. Then there are folks like …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Not taking NH's 4 electoral votes for granted, the presidential candidate with a second home in the swing state delivered part of a closing argument Saturday in Portsmouth.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Mitt Romney returned to New Hampshire, where he officially kicked off his presidential campaign, aiming to shore up support and influence any undecided voters before the polls open Tuesday. "New Hampshire got me the Republican nomination and New Hampshire's going to get me the White House," Romney said Saturday at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. As Republicans in the early morning crowd chanted, "Three more days, three more days, three more days," Romney urged them to make the most of those three days and encourage neighbors to support the GOP ticket. In remarks that focused primarily on the economy, Romney compared his record with President Obama's first term. "He said he was going to be the post-partisan …
Friday, November 2, 2012
In a campaign full of character attacks, debate was low on the jabs.
In their final debate just four days before the general election, former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta were light on the jabs at one another that have often punctuated their campaign throughout the election season. Guinta said that Shea-Porter frequently resorts to name calling by constantly referring to him as Tea Partier, a name he said Democrats love to slap on every Republican. “He is a tea partier,” Shea-Porter said right now if you go to my website, we have a little recording of him saying 'don't tread on me.' ” She said he is close with the Glen Beck 9/12 group in Rochester and thinks it's appropriate to say he aligns himself with the tea party. Asked if she's offended when she is referred to as a Nancy …